I did my taxes last night. I always had my father’s accountant do them in the past, so this was my first time. It took about an hour and a half. I learned some things:
(1) The capital gains tax sucks.
(2) My federal withholding is set way too high.
(3) You have to pay income tax on jury duty compensation. (I did two days at US$10/day.)
(4) My student loan interest will never be useful in lowering the taxes I pay. (I went to a state school.)
In the end, assuming I did it right, I am getting about US$375.00 back, which is good.
Taxes are like homework the government gives you.